Decluttering ‘Marie Kondo’ Style
Does the thought of decluttering your home put you off downsizing?? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. With the Marie Kondo tidying method taking over the world, we thought you could apply the KonMari Method to downsize your belongings in preparation for moving as well as the added benefit of decluttering your home ready for sale.
‘The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.’ For more on Marie Kondo visit here.
Step 1. Make a plan
Group your objects into categories and start culling less emotional items such as clothes, linen, paperwork, kitchen utensils, stationery supplies, cleaning products and plastic-ware. Once you’ve done these you can work your way up to photos, books, knick-knacks and other sentimental memorabilia. Keeping only those things that ‘spark joy’.
Step 2. Start early
Start to make decluttering decisions well in advance of your actual move date. This is important if you have a high level of attachment to your belongings and allows you to stay in control of decision making. Starting early also helps you to be ready for open for inspections. This is Marie’s 1st rule of tidying, or if your case decluttering ‘Commit yourself to tidying up’.
3. Take measurements
Our Lifestyle Consultants will provide you with a floor plan of your new home with all the room measurements. Measure all your furniture and only take those items that are going to fit. ‘Imagine your ideal lifestyle’, Marie’s rule number 2, and leave anything that doesn’t fit into this vision.
4. Keep sessions short
Use a timer when decluttering, even if it’s for only 15 minutes at a time and remember to stick to the category not the room. You’ll slowly be able to do longer periods once you get into the hang of decluttering.
5. Be honest
To help make decisions on what to keep, ask yourself “do I need it, use it or love it?” Be honest with yourself and remember objects don’t have feelings. If you’ve watched an episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, she encourages you to hold each item before deciding.
6. Swap old for new
It’s OK to still buy new items especially with the extra cash you are going to get when downsizing. Apply ‘the one in / one out’ rule, for example, if you buy a new set of glasses, donate the existing ones.
7. Gift or sell things
Firstly, ask your children if they want any of the items you don’t want but be prepared for them to not want many of them, no matter how precious they are to you. Secondly, consider a private garage sale for people you know and trust and put coloured stickers on the items you no longer want. Thirdly, offer them to members of your local ‘Buy Nothing’ Facebook page. Or ask charities if they want your unwanted items, but don’t just assume they will – charities often have limited room or too much stock already. Auction houses can also be a destination for selling your unwanted items but they can be very fussy about what they’ll accept.